Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Sending Prayers Card

A friend of mine who lives in another state has been going through some very challenging times recently, and I wanted to make a card to lift her spirits and let her know I'm praying for her. 

A couple card challenges I like to join had water coloring as their theme, and I hadn't done any water coloring in an age, so I thought I'd break out my watercolors and have some fun while making this card. I learned a valuable lesson: don't watercolor the stamped image until AFTER die cutting it! I hadn't taken into account that my watercolor paper was more uneven than most cardstock, and my washi tape that I use to hold dies in place didn't stick to it as well. My dies didn't stay put, and the end result was having to scrap the stamped and water colored image the first time around. Lesson learned! I will stamp, die cut, and then color/watercolor from now on😂. 

My card base is 4 inches by 8 inches, and I added a layer of yellow card stock die cut on the right side so that the red shows through the lacy die cut area. I popped up the "Sending" sentiment with foam tape and adhered the "prayers" die cut with a Zig glue marker. On the left, I added a layer of kraft card stock embossed with Ringed With Nature EF by SU! and adhered my stamped and water colored image from the Fond of Autumn SU! set to that part of the card with foam tape.

Here's a look at the inside. I stenciled the background using Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade distress ink: 

I broke out some of my water color paints! I haven't used them for YEARS, but I think I'll use them more often now. 

Challenges I'm entering: 

Allsorts challenge blog: ATG with option of monochromatic (1/3; ends October 13)

Can You Handle The Pressure? (cyhtp.blogspot.com): ATG with embossing; twist of orange and black (1/3; ends October 19)

Polkadoodles Cardmaking, Craft & Scrapbooking Challenge: ATG (1/2; ends October 15)

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge (colourcrazychallenge.blogspot.com): ATG with coloring of some sort (1/2; ends October 21)

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: ATG (1/3; ends October 21)

Stamping Sensations (sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com) : Autumn (1/3; ends at the end of the month)

We Love Stamping: Fall colors (1/3; ends at the end of the month)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (3/5 for this week; 10/10 for the challenge period; ends October 12)

Double Trouble Paper Crafting (doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com): fall colors and entered Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge (3/4; ends 10/16)

Classic Design Challenge Blog: ATG (ends at the end of the month) 

The Diva's that cut ....paper! (die-cut-divas.blogspot.com): Watercolor (2/4; ends at the end of the month)

Happy Little Stampers: Watercolour Challenge: ATG with watercolor (ends at the end of the month)

Happy Little Stampers: Stencil Challenge: ATG with stencils (ends Nov. 5)

Songs and Rhymes challenge (theoutlawzchallenges-sunday.blogspot.com): I used a red card base to match the line: "Maples turn a fiery red" in the poem (2/3; ends October 15)

InspirationStation (inspirationstationchallenge.blogspot.com): The leaves in the photo were my inspiration

Double D Challenges (daranddiane.blogspot.com): Octoberfest (2/3; ends October 16)

https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/: Autumn Mood Board

We Love to Create mixed media Challenge Blog...sponsored by Polkadoodles (welove2create.blogspot.com): Anything mixed media goes (3rd entry out of unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month)


  1. I hadn't used any water colors for over a year and maybe more, so I know how you're feeling about broken colors and all that. Indeed, give yourself permission to use them again. Wonderful card to send your friend. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for the October challenge. Arlene with the Die Cut Divas.

  2. Your watercoloring is terrific - it's a hard medium to use well. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

  3. Sweet, sweet card! Gorgeous details in the die cutting and lovely watercoloring as well. Thank you so much for joining us at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge!

  4. Water coloring images are tough for me, so you make it look easy! Wonderful uplifting card-Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas!

  5. Very pretty. I love the die cut panel, and your coloring is fabulous! Lots of wonderful work here. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at Can You Handle the Pressure, hope to see you back again soon!!!
    Judy~ CYHTP DT

  6. Wow, this is a truly beautiful card, I think your friend will be overjoyed to receive it! Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Catz and for following the theme. We do hope that you will join us again.
    Have a lovely rest of the week
    kind regards

  7. Very pretty card. Thank you for joining at autumnal theme by Stamping Sensations.

  8. Beautiful autumnal card. Thanks so much for joining us at Allsorts Challenge this week.
    Pauline xx

  9. Beautiful and lovely autumn card!
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts and at We Love Stamping Challenges;-))m

  10. Well the second time image is lovely, practice makes perfect! Lol. Great card, thank you for sharing with us at Double Trouble!

  11. Kraft is always a great background for bright colors and great contrast and the added embossing perfect. Like how you filled out your slimline with the floral die using yellow and then the pop of red behind it. So pretty. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble and Jan's Digis Blog Challenge.

  12. You should break out your water colors more often. This is great. Thanks for adding it to the gallery at Double D Challenge.

  13. Very pretty card and lovely thought behind it. Thanks for sharing with us at The Inspiration Station Challenge.
    Donna xx

  14. your beautiful card will cheer your friend and she will know you care.
    Thanks for joining us for the HLS stencil challenge.

    Barb Housner

  15. Another pretty creation! I love that background and your painting is lovely! We are glad to see you enjoying the challenges at Stamping Sensations this month. Hugs, Lesley

  16. Hi there, your card is just gorgeous - I'm sure your friend will love it! Thanks for joining in with us at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge. Sarah - DT

  17. Fabulously creative and fun card! Thank you for joining our challenges at Stencil Fun, Double D and Can You Handle The Pressure!
    Diane SF, DD, CYHTP Co-Owner
    {Nellies Nest}
    {Stencil Fun}

  18. Love the organic nature of your card, especially the embossed trees and then pairing with a delicate lace diecut! So clever! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers. xoxo